Writer’s Name: Todney Harris
Title: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black
Recently, President Obama stated his opinion regarding same sex marriages publicly. Before I start to speak about my opinions regarding his statements, I want to say for the record that I do not oppose civil unions between gay men and lesbian women. My reason for taking this stance is due to the fact that I am approaching the subject as a taxpayer and a citizen. I think that the issue of same sex marriages should be looked upon as a political issue and not as a religious issue. Case in point, couples need a marriage license in order to wed don’t they? As couples decide to separate and divorce, they need to contract lawyers and get approval from a judge in order to make the divorce official right? As far as I am concerned, marriage is a legal enterprise that is recognized by the state. Pastors and other church clergy just make the ceremony official by conducting the service in a church, synagogue or mosque. The reason why states consider marriages legal entities is due to the fact that each spouse is responsible for taxes and debt that they collect while married.
The second issue that I feel is of the utmost importance is that same sex marriages are legal in nine states thus far. I have not heard any citizens or church clergy turning against the Governors. The governors had to sign the bill into law which recognizes civil same sex unions. Where is the backlash for their actions? Hmmm…..I wonder does the fact that President Obama is an African American male have anything to do with the national backlash that is happening? Furthermore, since I feel that same sex marriages are a political issue, why are the religious institutions making a huge issue at this particular time? Most importantly, the religious institutions are politicizing the issue! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Once again my point is being proven. If this were not an election year, I feel that the religious institutions would not take this current stance. It seems that people are out to take shots at President Obama whenever they can.
All I can say is that I am really annoyed with the African American churches. As far as I am concerned, this is an act of betrayal. Why are the pastors speaking out against the civil unions on CNN? Why didn’t they speak out when the Governors legalized same sex marriages? The Constitution states that every person is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution also states that citizens cannot be denied of the right to life and property. Therefore, gay men and lesbian women should be afforded the right to engage in civil union. Most of them have been engaged in civil unions for years. Why all of a sudden are clergy acting as if by granting them legality that civil unions will increase? In reality, the official recognition is just already giving them the legal status that they have been seeking. Hell, they deserve the right to be miserable just like everyone else in a long term relationship! No, just kidding! All I am saying is that it is what it is. We need to stop acting like this is something new. It isn’t. The President isn’t going to stop gay and lesbian relationships if he endorses them or not. Get over the nonsense and let the issue work itself out on its own.